State police fleet turning gray

The Pennsylvania State Police unveiled the new gray Ford Interceptor utility and sedan marked patrol vehicles at the Carlisle station. The Carlisle station is the first in Troop H to have both vehicles in its fleet.

State police have a fleet of 1, 112 marked units. The new color scheme will be phased in over a 3 year period, starting this year. As cars reach end of service life, they will be replaced with a gray car in the new scheme.

One of the goals of the change was to have the vehicle more identifiable for the public and the department. Specifically, the wording “Trooper” was enlarged and a gray color scheme was implemented to further identify with the historical aspects of the department and associate the color of the patrol vehicle with the color of the uniform. The color gray with conceived by the first Commissioner, John C. Groome, in 1905 and has been incorporated into the uniform ever since.

The first marked patrol cars were white in color starting in 1937; from 1938-46 the color was still white, but the hoods were painted black to cut down on the glare of the sun. From 1946-63 the cars were a solid to medium to lighter gray. With the 1963 Fords, the cars were white with green hoods and truck lids. In 1972-73, the department experimented with using the Commonwealth colors of golds and blues. From 1974-91 the cars were once again white with blue hoods and deck lids. The current color combination with the patch was adopted with the Chevy Caprice.

Technology inside each vehicle turns it into a mobile office, keeping troopers on the road for the balance of their shifts by largely eliminating the need to return to the station. Troopers can complete reports, access the records management system, and communicate with supervisors from inside their patrol cars. The vehicles are also equipped with several upgrades to make them suitable for police use, including a mobile video recorder, radios, light bars, spotlights and a push…

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